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. and then of course we need to strengthen our gun laws. i hope that either by executive action or leglative action, we will convene such a commission. but, mr. president, i want to make very clear i am not offering this idea as a substitute for any aion that we can take now, any action that the president can take now, for instance, with regard to the existing laws that are aimed at preventing people who shouldn't have guns from having them, keeping guns that really are military and are not part of hunting or sports shooting off the market. anything the president can do, anything congress can do. now, i would support a restoration of the assault ban today. these are wpons developed by our military originally, not by private industry for hunting or sport shooting purposes. they shouldn't be sold. we have got the background checks in the brady bill. if you attempt to buy a gun from a licensed federal firearms dealer, why shouldn't that exist for people who would buy a gun at a gun show, where incidentally terrorists we know have bought guns. so anything we can do quickly we ought to do. but i also think
. it is important that we are for if other actions failed to occur. these are permanent changes. in the opening letter they say the men met was permanently extending all the tax provisions that are important for small businesses. we think it is important, even though you extended the policies for two years, that is still temporary and is not really provide the long-term planning we need to have going forward. that is why i think it is important. >> i don't want secretary geithner to go without some comment, because i don't think that is an accurate description of what he said. >> that is what he said. >> you have to look at the whole statement of his, and to use that as an excuse for this bill -- by the way, at 97% of small businesses have in come under $250,000. so to use that once again as the rationale is i think ignorant of the fact. let me just say a word about the provisions on earned income tax and the child tax credits. you can play around with language, whether it is a tax or spending, but the truth of the matter is that the bill that was filed last night would raise taxes on 25 millio
congressional action. our guest will be david ingram, responded for reuters. live on c-span every day at 7:00 eastern. two committees are holding hearings today on the attack in libya that killed four americans. the senate foreign relations committee will hear from deputy secretary of state at 8:00 eastern. you can see that live on c-span to. mr. burns will go to the other side of the capital of the afternoon to testify before the house foreign affairs committee about the report. that is live on c-span3 at 1:00 eastern. >> our first experience was to come and a different way than every other family up here. probably would never happen again in history. after dad was sworn in, we went and took a picture of the family behind a wall office desk. that night we did not get to move into the office -- white house because they left their daughter and son in law to pack all of their clothes and belongings. it literally took seven or eight days. we had to go back to the little house in alexandria, virginia. the neighborhood was surrounded by secret service. i will never forget, that night mom is coo
. while they have already taken action to pretext the financial mortgage fund for single family loans from seeking federal funds, the f.y. 2012 report suggests that much more needs to be done to prevent such a draw. i want to hear more today about the administration's actions and proposals to minimize the risk to taxpayers stemming from their business and what safeguards are in place to ensure the quality and sustainability of the program. if the administration's actions and proposals will not be sufficient to restore f.h.a.'s fiscal health, i'm inclined to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on the banking committee to find a bipartisan way to make shoo -- that happen. before i turn to ranking member shelby, i want to recognize his work as ranking member on this committee over the past six years. this may be our last hearing together this year, and we will have no ranking member next year. i'm part of our bipartisan record over the last two years we continued it the tradition of bipartisanship that this committee has been known for by passing signature bills together this c
, we would take other actions. that is what we have done today is follow-through what we said we would do in september. i don't think, relative to last month, i don't think we have significantly added accommodation. in my view, and many of my colleagues, what matters primarily is the mix of assets on the balance sheet. it is important that we are acquiring treasury securities and mbs, taking those out of the market and forcing investment -- investors and two other closely related assets. it is not just the size of the balance sheet, per se. the amount of stimulus is more or less the same, it is a follow-through from what we sought in september. in terms of criteria, we have announced an initial amount of $85 billion per month of purchases. we are prepared to bury that as new information comes in. if the economy's outlook gets most of the stronger, we will begin to ramp down the level of purchases. the problem with giving a specific number is that there are multiple criteria with which we make this decision. we will look at the outlook of the labour market but we will also look at other
health treatment or swift enforcement action, whatever is needed. a single and simple policy response from washington cannot fix this. we all want to have a more caring and supportive society but the fragmentation of family, civic and our nation's community life lends itself to isolation, anger and for some even despair. now let's be clear, this tragedy is the result of a deeply disturbed person who committed unspeakable crimes. that is where the blame rests. but perhaps, madam speaker, but perhaps an outcome deserving of these children who died is that we all take some responsibility for the degradation of culture, what we think about, the way we conduct ourselves and perhaps strive for that which is noble, that which is good and that which is just. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. under the speaker's announced policy of january 5, 2011, the gentleman from maryland, mr. bartlett, is recognized for 32 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. bartlett: thank you, madam speaker. i would like to echo the concerns of my colleague. we a
be a mechanism that would guarantee further action next year. if at all possible, they would disagree next year and there would be some sort of trigger or punishment for their lack of action. that sounds relatively simple, i think, putting it all together could take at least a couple of weeks after they have a deal. there could be some inevitable blocks either by conservatives in the house or in the senate. blowups either byow wha conservatives in the house or in the senate. the details can get pretty political party quickly. there's so much in flux. it all presupposes that the get an agreement. there was a school of thought that they could not get an agreement until tax rates actually go up next year. >> you can follow himat @apandrewtaylor. >> a discussion on the u.s. economy and you pull in the middle class with participants from think tanks, academia and business at 8:30 a.m. eastern tomorrow on c-span 2. >> the supreme court will look at what was passed in 2008 by a majority of six-three, i believe, and they will say that is president. and coming indiana had voter -- and indiana had voter
. -- do not cool over the fiscal cliff. the actions he has taken will be a positive stay tuned -- steps to enhance the chances. he paused itself -- the process has not been perfect. i will say this. if you look at what it is we have concluded, the $238 billion over 10 years reduction, the reconciliation package that passed this house earlier this year, you mentioned we have before us that will be debated separately here that is pared back from the measure that passed the house of representatives. the only changes made of and made to accommodate the data change, pushing in this month of december the would-date -- date change, putting in this month of december. for those who believe this is imposing draconian cuts that will be devastating for those struggling in this country, i remind him of the alternative, which happens to be sequestered. it is our hope that this reconciliation package will ensure that the sequestered that would be devastating does not take place. this is the alternative to the sequester, mr. speaker. we actually will exceed those rates. that is part of the 2003 agreeme
there was a lot of happy talk. we have to move from that to the appropriate action. i understand you have to stand for principle. i also know this country has to move forward. ideologically driven to extremes, special interest groups, and others who are not willing to sit down and find solutions, are causing us to be stuck. somebody said we are neutral. you cannot be in neutral if you are in reverse. you are losing ground. that is a temporary situation. the question is how long. i do not know. i am optimistic because we cannot continue this way. people will ultimately understand we cannot. hopefully, that is before this year ends. >> what is it like to be a lame duck? >> you are not a dead duck. you are still in office. the session almost becomes like daffy duck if you are not careful. i am as committed today to finishing this job by the very last day as i was when i started. prepared and want to work with people. the majority got us into this mess right now by passing the budget control act not working together. i want the members of house and senate in both caucuses remember it was bipartisan to
by and do nothing. without action a $20 trillion debt could soon be a reality. so if not us, who is going to do it? if not now, when sit going to happen? it's time to make the sufficient choices to get the deficit down. let's vote for this bill. i yield my time. >> the gentleman from maryland. >> i now yield a minute and a half to the gentleman lady from california. >> thank you very much. well, it is clear that the republican image tiss hr 6684 is an attempt to generate votes for speaker boehner's plan b. when it comes to protecting the middle class this gets a failing grade grade. first it repeels the authority that was created in dodd-frank wall street reform act of too big to fail institutions. it would also tie the hands of the consumer financial protection bureau, an agency we formed under dodd-frank to make sure financial institutions play by the rules whit comes to mortgage, student loans credit card and payday lenders. it would eliminate that independent funding and tie their hands by making their bureau basically have to go through the prorpeyations process. the plan like wise e
of the aisle. you wouldn't know if you saw him in action, but jay never expected to work in politics. he earned a b.a. in english literature from westmont college, an m.a. in english literature and a ph.d. from the university of maryland. but life works in mysterious ways. rarledless, u.s. house of repive -- regardless, the u.s. house of representatives has been blessed to have him. thank you, jay pearson, for your life of service to the u.s. congress. this body and all of its members wish you well in your retirement. and i yield back. mr. woodall: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, at this time i know there are so many members who could not be here tonight and wanted to be here. i'd like to ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of this special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, so often in this town they say everything's been said but not everyone has said it. that's not the case here with member after member after member talking
is the right course of action for us. >> good morning. all our hearts and prayers are with the families in newtown, conn. as a father, i cannot imagine the under her -- the utter horrow those families are going through right now, grieving the loss of their children and loved ones. as the speaker said, we remain committed to try to minimize the impact on hard-working families and small businesses in this country as far as tax increases are concerned. we look to find the answer on the spending issue here in washington. the president has not come to or he needs to be in order for us to push through a bill that begins to address the problem. we are now discussing an alternative plan. if the president and the white house cannot come our way. thank you. >> we have been trying to make sure we didn't go off this fiscal cliff. at the same time, put america on a different path. the speaker felt maybe he was negotiating with himself after plan after plan and the president stayed silent. we heard nothing but silence. today we have to go to plan b. we want to make sure we do not call off the cliff a
committee action, no regular course of action during the legislation, during the legislative session, which is a lame duck legislative session by the way, no regular order, just a sneak attack thursday morning, the sixth of november, one month after the landslide election in michigan and throughout this country, that turned back the corporate money that was arrayed against the democrats. and arrayed against president obama. it turned that back. a resounding victory on november 6, on december 6, a sneak attack while during a lame duck session with no public hearings, no committee action, sneak attack. they announced it that morning, thursday morning. the sixth. and by 8:00 p.m. action to pass crush the union laws have passed to -- have passed both houses, house and senate, in michigan. less than 10 hours. it took to bing down 75 years of prosperity for all. now why would anyone want to crush the union and i'm not calling them right-to-work laws because as i told you earlier, there is no right to work. so let's get rid of that misnomer, and let's call it what it is. it's not right to work leg
, the expand on tax has nothing to do with the action of indexing. it is the result of the conscious decision to hike the cost of tax reductions. >> the alternative minimum tax is 28%. if your tax rate was lowered to 25%. you still have to pay 28%. >> that is correct. for incomes between to london thousand dollars and $500,000, the effective tax rate is 35%. you hit the 35% rate and incomes fire lower than the income levels at which you would hit the 35% rate and regular tax. >> why do they call it a patch? >> it is a one time year by year patch to stop the broad expansion. you could ask why they call it a cliff. they have discussed this in terms of the patch. it is a year by year increase in the exemptions. the patches nothing but the increase in the a in the exemption to prevent tens of millions of people from being forced to fill up the return you have. the only thing i would add is the package, what makes this so critical in the fiscal cliff discussion, is we are talking about the past for the 2012 taxable year. -- unlike the rest of the fiscal cliff which effects rates that will apply ne
the recommendations into specific action items to decide every single one of the responses for immediate implementation. several will be completed by the end of this calendar year. the others of the underweight the next secretary of state takes office. -- the others will be underway under the next secretary of state. we will work closely with congress to make sure they are met. secretary clinton wants us to implement these findings and do no more. let me offer clear specifics -- for more than 200 years, united states and other countries around the world provide security for embassies and consulates. we have to take a new and harder look at the capabilities and commitments of our hosts. we have to re-examine how we operate in places that are emerged in deeper threats. under secretary clinton's direction, we have moved quickly to conduct a worldwide review of our overall security posture, with particular scrutiny at a number of high that posts. we have deployed five security assessment teams made up of diplomatic and military security experts to 19 post in 13 countries. we have cooperation
action this house got it right wetch got it right in a budget in april of 2011, we got it right in our budget in 2012, we got it right when we passed aest sequester replacement and we're getting it right with this rule today. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, our leader, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. pelosi: thank you very much, madam chair. ranking member. thank you, mr. speaker. why did i sort of smell smoke when i heard this debate? it's reminiscent of nero fiddling while rome burned. the american people are waiting for us to get the job dobe here, not to make a myriad of excuses about why stuff hasn't been done. you're bringing up a rule that says we should take -- have suspension authority. let's bring the middle income tax cut up under suspension. i believe and i am willing to take the chance that this house would give over 2/3 of a vote to middle income tax cuts. a tax cut wh
met by private groups or government, voluntary action or government action. the truth is, there has to be a balance between the two. government must ask for the common good while leaving private groups free to do the work only they can do. there is a vast middle ground between the government and the individual. our families and our neighborhoods. the groups we joined and the places of worship. this is where we live our lives. this is where the needs of each are most clearly recognized and met. our communities shape our character and give our lives direction. they help make us a self- governing people. the campaign of 2012 is filled with a lot of moments i will always remember. one of my favorites is the day bob talked about. it was to meet with people in cleveland, ohio. bobble brought them together. his center for neighborhood enterprise empowers communities. ryan's story will always stay with me. it is not enough to give food and shelter. people needed spiritual development. people need assistance to get on with their life. they did not just volunteer time. they moved their famili
and we stand here ready to take the action necessary. >> the american people are hurting right now and now is the moment where we need to step up to the plate and solve the problem. i don't know how any of us can look our kids and grandkids in the eye and explain to them that we aren't willing to pay for the things we are enjoying today but just going to send them the bill. that's why republicans have the proposal on the table that fixes the problem, puts us on the course to solve the problem, which is the out-of- control spending side of the ledger. we have come to the table with receive news. in fact, i think our receive news address the issue better in a pro-growth fashion fixing an old tax code that is out of date. we hope the president will be coming to the table and be serious about negotiating. >> president obama has an unbelievable opportunity to be a transformational president, that is, to bring the country together uniquely and solve this debt problem in ways that other presidents haven't really had that opportunity, or he can dissolve into zero-sum-game politics, where h
legislation to that will protect the pharmaceutical companies against class-action lawsuits and we have been a will to stop that. it is a never-ending case of constant vigilance to make sure they do not protect themselves. i met with the leaders of the various pharmaceutical companies, ceo's, a whole bunch of them. i said if you would put money into the vaccine injury compensation fund to compensate people who were damaged and did you get mercury out of the vaccinations and put the shots into single-shot vials which cannot require a preservative, i will get legislation passed that protect you against class-action lawsuits. it would not do anything with it. i will continue to fight and one day, 10 or 15 years from now, somebody will say to you remember dan burton? we finally got mercury out of those things. mercury is toxic to the human neurological system. we need to get every form of mercury out and in particular, stop the vaccinations. >> we have mercury in the light bulbs. >> if you drop one and breaking, there're all kinds of things you have to do to protect yourself from being exposed t
, what would work? i've become pessimistic that we can think of any action forcing mechanism. >> thank you. alison? >> thank you. i am delighted to be here. i want to talk about some basic the discussion we're having today is not about that this booklet at all. the fiscal cliff is more than -- is not about the fiscal cliff at all. this fiscal cliff is about other things. there are a number of things that need be addressed. this discussion really is not about the fiscal cliff, per cent. congress and the president can come together quickly and pass a bill that would put off the fiscal cliff, he there for some large amount of time or even indefinitely. it really is about making a down payment on closing deficits in the future. i would say it is also really about the president's campaign not this -- not just this past election but his first election to hike taxes on the successful. we have to see some real leadership on the longer-term budget unsustainable issues. what we do not need is negotiating in the political theater. when we see that stop, that we know we will be serious about wheth
understand that and in fact, we have done it. the democrats have done it. we have taken action to reduce the cost of medicare. and simultaneously maintained the benefits and improved the benefits to seniors. . that is what we have done and will continue to do it. things that i talked about at the very outset. are very real. we can take additional steps. we can do more. the president has proposed it. and the democrats stand ready today to take up those issues and pass them out of the house. get them to the senate and say, we can do more to reduce the cost of medicare and simultaneously maintain quality care for seniors and the benefits that they have spent their lifetime paying for. payer fog those benefits -- paying for those benefits. we can do it. >> we can do it and i hope everyone will stand with our president who has said that we're not going to raise the age of medicare and that the republicans now first have to agree that we're going to ask the wealthiest people in our country to pay a bit more. ms. schakowsky: and not to begin with the least able, to pay more , the poorest adults
of that issue. if we had some movement on that, the president said he is willing to take some significant action. we have a record of recognizing that is important. we have done more than $1 trillion of cuts without a penny of revenue. we have already done that. they keep talking about entitlements, we look at the affordable care act. we look at that. we took waste, fraud, and abuse out of medicare, extended the life for 12 years. we're willing to take a look at cuts, we know we will have to do some. we'll be glad to do that, it is part of what we need to do. it is unfair to walk away from it. i'm not -- the state tax that is something we should negotiate. right now it is $5 million, 35% tax. these people john kyle and others who talk about how important this is haven't said a word about this to anyone. that is going to drop down to 55% tax. is that what they want? it is all in their hands. as i've said time and time again, to this day, the republicans have not identified five corrects of actual money. -- cents of actual money. they are talking in generality. we will do revenue. it is the same t
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